Thursday, April 5, 2012
“Chimes at Midnight”
(Orson Welles 1965) 35mm, 113 min
Introduced by Professor Dudley Andrew
Location is wheelchair accessible
According to the “Guinness Book of World Records,” Shakespeare has been the source for more films than any other author. While we cannot screen the more than 400 film and television adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, the Shakespeare at Yale film series features films that are either highly noted for their cinematic qualities, such as the film adaptations by Orson Welles, or rarely seen, as in the 1964 film “Hamlet at Elsinore.” All of the films in this series are screened in 35mm or 16mm, and many of the prints are part of the Yale Film Study Center Archive.
“Chimes at Midnight” (Orson Welles, 1965, 35mm, 113 minutes)
Introduced by Professor Dudley Andrew (Comparative Literature, English, and Film Studies)
Professor Andrew will introduce and lead a short post-screening discussion of Orson Welles’ “Chimes at Midnight,” which features the character of Falstaff, drawing upon five Shakespearean plays for its adaptation. Welles considered the film among his best work, claiming in a 1982 interview, “If I wanted to get into heaven on the basis of one movie, that’s the one I would offer up.” Welles stars as Falstaff with a stellar supporting cast including John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, and Ralph Richardson as the narrator.
Part of Shakespeare at Yale, a semester of special events celebrating the Bard.
Yale Film Study Center (courtesy of Paul L. Joskow), Films at the Whitney, and the Yale Center for British Art